Checking back, I've ordered all my gear and it's slowly coming in. A few changes/lessons learned: 1) As djsoulriot wisely noted, a no-rinse sanitizing solution is the only way to go. Cleaning with brewers wash/detergent and a soft cloth, and then a spritz and wipe down of sanitizer right before the brew. The wash I bought is actually rated as an indirect food additive. 2) I switched to fermentation pales from carboys. The guys at the local brew supply shop were full of good info, and also as dlsoulriot said the pales are ideal for the short fermentation beers. Which are all I plan on brewing for the short term. We spoke of scratches and bacteria, and as long as I only clean with a soft cloth and stir with wood paddles they should last a good long time. 3) I grabbed a few brew belts to keep things warm during fermentation. And some adhesive thermometer strips. 4) The corny keg conversion kit is on the way. I consulted with Williams Brewing about what gear I had and what I needed, they were awesome, A ton of miscellaneous items. Going to brew in two 6 gallon batches at a time. Going to heat my wort and ferment in the same room to cut down on transferring things up and down the stairs. Starting with 2 corny kegs with plans to add more. And an additional fridge for cold crashing and keg storage will be the next phase.